Questions on (ordinary) differential equations. For questions specifically concerning partial differential equations, use the (pde) tag.

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how did he conclude that?integral

So the question is : Find all continuous functions such that $\displaystyle \int_{0}^{x} f(t) \, dt= ((f(x)^2)+C$. Now in the solution, it starts with this, clearly $f^2$ is differentiable at every ...
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Solving differential equation $x^2y''-xy'+y=0, x>0$ with non-constant coefficients using characteristic equation?

Whenever you deal with non-constant coefficients you usually use Laplace transform to solve a given differential equation, at least that's how how I learned it. But how would you solve the equation ...
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Is $f'(x)-3f(x) = 0$ subspace of differentiable functions $f\colon (0,1)\to \mathbb{R}$

$V$ is space of differentiable functions $f(0,1) \to \mathbb{R}$ and $W$ is a subset of $f$ that meets $f'(x) - 3f(x) = 0$ for all $x\in (0,1).$ Is subset $W$ a subspace of $V$? I know that I have ...
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Multistep ODE Solvers

Write both a fourth order Adams Bashforth and Adams Moulton procedure to solve $$x'(t) = x(t)-y(t)-\exp(t);$$ $$y'(t) = x(t)+y(t)+2\exp(t)$$ with initial values $x(0) = -1, y(0) =- 1$ on the ...
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Second Order Differential Equations e times sin particular solution

The differential equation I am trying to solve is $$ \dfrac{d^2y}{dt^2} + 4\dfrac{dy}{dt} + 20y = e^{-2t}\sin(4t) $$ I know how to start off. I have done the $s^2 + 4s + 20 = 0$ to get $s = -2-4i$ ...
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Solutions and attraction regions of following odes?

Assume a mapping $X: \mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}^d$. We know that the solution to ode $$ d X_t = (\mu - X_t) dt $$ is $X_t = (X_0-\mu) e^{- t} + \mu$, which indicates that $X_t$ converges to $\mu$ as ...
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Legendre Polynomials: proofs

Does any one know, how to compute any of those two things? The relationship between Legendre polynomials and Shifted Legendre Polynomials. $\displaystyle\int_{-1}^1P_n^2(x)dx=\dfrac{2}{(2n+1)}$ for ...
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Existence and Uniqueness Theorem

I had a question about how to do one of these problems. So here's the question: Given this equation $y'=\frac{-\cos(t)y(t)}{(t+2)(t-1)}+t$, find if the initial conditions $y(0)=10, y(2)=-1, y(-10)=5$ ...
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How to apply reduction of order to find a 2nd linearly independent solution?

I have some questions about writing a general solution, $y$, for $y''-y=0$ when $y_1 = e^x$ is a known solution. I do not understand the logic of the method of reduction of order. How do we apply ...
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General Solution for a given system of equations

Find the general solution of this system of equations: $$x' = \pmatrix{-1&0&0\\1&0&-1\\1&1&0}x$$ I got the eigenvalues to be: $\lambda = -1,\pm i$ The eigenvectors ...
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Using Octave to solve systems of two non-linear ODEs

How to solve following system of ordinary differential equations using Octave? $$\frac{dx}{dt} = - [x(t)]^2 - x(t)y(t)$$ $$\frac{dy}{dt} = - [y(t)]^2 - x(t)y(t)$$ Update: initial conditions: ...
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Difference between improper node and proper node for phase portrait

Can someone offer an explanation for the difference between these two? I see pictures of what seem to be examples of both, but it's hard for me to discern what a new portrait would be. Any help? ...
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trouble with non-homogeneous ODE system… which method shall I use?

I am an undergrad statistics student and I am having troubles with non-homogeneous ODE systems. During my classes I went over just three methods for solving odes: Laplace transform, Fourier transform ...
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Find the first order system of linear equations

Regard the diff equation: $mϕ′′+aϕ′+(mg/L)ϕ=0$ $ϕ(0)=0.1$ $ϕ′(0)=0$ where $m=0.1,L=1,a=2,$ 1) Rewrite the second order diff equation as a system of first order linear equations. 2) What is the ...
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Undamped spring mass system

I have this study guide for an upcoming test for DE class I'm trying to figure out. A mass of 400 grams stretches a spring by 5 centimeters. (a) Find the spring constant k, the angular frequency ω, ...
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Can someone give me an example of how to work out an exact linear second order differential equation?

I have a theorem that states: If an equation $P(x)y''+Q(x)y'+R(x)y=0$ can be written in the form: $$[P(x)y']'+[f(x)y]'=0$$ then the equation is said to be exact. Now I need to expand and equate ...
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Solving a first order linear ODE and determining the behavior of its solutions

(a) Draw a direction field for the given differential equation. How do solutions appear to behave as $t → 0$? Does the behavior depend on the choice of the initial value $a$? Let $a_{0}$ be the value ...
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Division of differential equations

$$\frac{dx(t)}{dy(t)}=\frac{\alpha x(t) - \beta x(t) y(t)}{-\gamma y(t) + \delta x(t)y(t)}$$ How would one simplify this fraction? Maybe the chain rule could be of any use, but I don't see how.
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Second order ODE - why the extra X for the solution?

Assuming I have the following homogeneous ODE equation: $$a\cdot y'' + b\cdot y' + c \cdot y = 0$$ Why for $(b^2 - 4\cdot a\cdot c=0) \quad $,(meaning, when $m_1=m_2$) then the solution is: $$y = ...
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solving third-order nonlinear ordinary differential equation

I would like to solve: $(\frac{d^{2}y}{dx^{2}})^2+\frac{d^{3}y}{dx^{3}} \frac{dy}{dx}=0$ Thanks in advance.
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How many $f(x)$ are possible satisfying $f(x)=f'(x)$ and $f(0)=f(1)=0$.

Let $f:[0,1]\to\Bbb{R}$ be a fixed continuous function such that $f$ is differentiable on $(0,1)$ and $f(0)=f(1)=0$. Then the equation $f(x)=f'(x)$ admits how many solutions? The only solution ...
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Find the velocity of a flow

The question is: Find the velocity of the flow described by the velocity potential given in the polar coordinates $φ$$(r, θ)$ = $θ$, where $x = r cos θ$ and $y = r sin θ$, $r > 0, 0 ≤ θ < 2π$ ...
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How to go about solving this question on differentials?

A ring of a planet has an inner radius of approximately 52,000 km (measured from the center of the planet) and a radial width of 19 km. Use differentials to estimate the area of the ring. (Round ...
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Initial Value Problem

Please help solving the following initial value problem: $$y''-3y'+2y \; = \; 3e^{-x}-10 \cos {3x}; \;\;\; y(0)= 1, \;\;\; y'(0)=2 $$ I have been working at it and have been hitting a road block
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Poincare-Bendixson theorem contradiction help

Lets suppose p is asymptotically stable but not a singularity for the planar differential equation dx/dt=f(x), then for points x sufficiently closed to p we must have x(t) tends to p. so the limit set ...
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Derivative of a differential equation help??

Please can someone explain this to me in detail: if $y''+4y'+3y=14\cos(2x)$ and $z'''+4z''+3z'=-28\sin(2x)$ show that the $z=y+c$ where $c$ is a constant I know the second is the integral of the first ...
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Finding the interval where a solution is certain to exist for the equation $y' + (\tan t)y = \sin t$

Given the following problem: Determine (without solving the problem) an interval in which the solution is certain to exist for the initial value problem $y' + (\tan t)y = \sin t, \space y(2\pi) = ...
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Solve a differential equation and evaluate the solution at a particular value of independent variable

If $\frac{dy(x)}{dx}=(2-3i)y(x)$ where $i=\sqrt{-1}$, what is the value of $y(\pi)$?
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Differential Equations/IVP: $\frac{dy}{dt} = 4 - y^3$ and $y(-1)=2$

Transform the given initial value problem into an equivalent problem with the initial point at the origin. $$\cfrac {dy}{dt} = 4 - y^3 \\ y(-1)=2$$ I have no idea about how to solve it. Could you ...
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Integrating absolute value function

I'm working on a problem drawing phase plane diagrams in my applied mathematics course. I'm supposed to draw the phase line diagram of $x''+\vert x\vert=0.$ In the process, I get to the differential ...
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Wronskian-Differential Equations

The equations below are matrices: Consider the vectors $y^{(1)} (t)$=$\begin{pmatrix}t \\1 \end{pmatrix}$ and $y^{(2)}$ (t)=$\begin{pmatrix}t^2 \\2t \end{pmatrix}$ (a) Compute the Wronskian of ...
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Let $f$ be a field with only one singularity in the origin. Show that the phase diagram of the field $f$ has exactly three distinct orbits

Let $f:\mathbb R\to \mathbb R $ be a field with only one singularity in the origin. Show that the phase diagram of the field $f$ has exactly three distinct orbits which are the following: I need ...
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Solve separable DE with integrating factor and homogeneous substitution

I just came out of test which asked to solve $$\frac{dy}{dx}=\frac{y}{x}$$ with $x,y>0$ in three ways: by separating the variables, using the substitution $y=vx$ and using an integrating factor. ...
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Find a particular solution of the differential equation $-3y''-2y'+y=3xe^x$

Using the method of undetermined coefficients. Guess $(Ax+B)e^x$ Plug into diff eq: $-3[(Ax+B)e^x]'' - 2[(Ax+B)e^x]' + (Ax+B)e^x = 3xe^x$ Wolfram alpha simplifies this to: $A(x-2)=e^x(4B+3x)$. ...
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Initial values are lost (diff eq to Transfer function)?

I read eternal Julius O. Smith III and he says that $$x_{n-m} = z^{-m}X(z)$$ Particularly, difference relation $$y_{n} = y_{n-1} + x_{n}$$ is solved by by $$Y = z^{-1}Y + X = {X \over ...
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Differential Equations: solve the system

Solve the following system: $$dx/dt=-.2(y-2)$$ $$dy/dt=.8(x-2)$$ This is what I have so far, but I got stuck.. $$\begin{eqnarray} dx/dt&=&-.2y-.4\\ x'&=&-.2y-.4\\ ...
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$\frac{dy}{dx} = 3y^{2/3}$ general solution?

What's the general solution of $\frac{dy}{dx} = 3y^{2/3}$ ? Im pretty sure this is a separable equation, but I'm not sure how to go forward? Just multiply by $dx$ and $\frac{1}{3y^{2/3}}$ well then I ...
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Why are mathematician so interested to find theory for solving partial differential equations but not for integral equation?

Why are mathematician so interested to find theory for solving partial differential equations (for example Navier-Stokes equation) but not for integral equations?
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Solving Special Function Equations Using Lie Symmetries

The lie group + representation theory approach to special functions & how they solve the ode's arising in physics is absolutely amazing. I've given an example of it's power below on Bessel's ...
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What's so special about sine? (Concerning $y'' = -y$)

In an attempt to actually grok sine, I came across the $y''= -y$ definition. This is incredibly cool, but it leads me to a whole new series of questions. Sine seems pretty prevalent ...
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Periodic orbits of “even” perturbations of the differential system $x'=-y$, $y'=x$

Fix some even functions $f$ and $g$, differentiable, such that $f(0)=g(0)=0$ and $f'(0)=g'(0)=0$, and consider the autonomous differential system $$\left\{\ \begin{array}{lcr}x'&=&-y+f(x)\\ ...
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Why solutions of $y''+(w^2+b(t))y=0$ behave like solutions of $y''+w^2y=0$ at infinity

Assume $w>0$ and $b(t)$ be continuous on $[0,+\infty)$ and $\int_0^\infty |b(t)| dt <\infty$ show that $y''+(w^2+b(t))y=0$ has solution $\phi(t)$ such that $$\lim_{t\to\infty} ...
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Osgood condition

Let $h$ and $g$ be continuous, non-decreasing and concave functions in the interval $[0,\infty)$ with $h(0)=g(0)=0$ and $h(x)>0$ and $g(x)>0$ for $x>0$ such that both satisfy the Osgood ...
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Solving Differential Functional Equation $f(2x)=2f(x)f'(x)$

Find all functions satisfying $f(2x)=2f'(x)f(x)$ Under given condition, can't we find explicit solutions?
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Locally or Globally Lipschitz-functions

Determine if the following function satisfies a local or a a uniform Lipschitz condition. The definition of locally Lipschitz and globally lipschitz are as follows: (i) We say that f is (uniformly) ...
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When do the Freshman's dream product and quotient rules for differentiation hold?

This is motivated by looking at the calculus exams of some of my undergraduate students. A recurring mistake is assuming that the derivative of the product of functions is a product of derivatives and ...
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Complicated exercise on ODE

I have this exercise extracted from a examination of qualitative theory of ODE (in which we study the existence and uniqueness of solutions, and stability using the function of Lyapunov) I don't know ...
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What is, how do you use, and why do you use differentials? What are their practical uses?

What is a differential? And how is it useful? What is its practical use? For example, in Electromagnetic Wave Theory as it pertains to diffraction gratings, we have an equation like this one: ...
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Finding a Lyapunov function for a given system

I need to find a Lyapunov function for $(0,0)$ in the system: \begin{cases} x' = -2x^4 + y \\ y' = -2x - 2y^6 \end{cases} Graph built using this tool showed that there should be stability but not ...
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Numerical Analysis References

Could anyone suggest any good (perhaps online ref papers) reference material on numerical analysis focusing on determining accuracy/estimated errors, rates/orders of convergence especially when ...